Attorney General candidate and longtime Utah lawyer Frank Mylar faces bribery charges | News, Sports, Jobs
Attorney General candidate and longtime Utah lawyer Frank Mylar faces bribery charges | News, Sports, Jobs

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(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Frank Mylar speaks during the Republican primary debate for attorney general between Derek Brown and Rachel Terry in the KUED studio on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

Frank Mylar, a Republican candidate for attorney general and a longtime criminal and civil prosecutor in Utah, was charged Wednesday with bribery for offering another candidate a job in exchange for a recommendation, court documents show.

Mylar was charged in Utah’s 3rd District Court in Salt Lake County with election bribery, a third-degree felony.

Mylar was one of three Republican candidates but ultimately lost after receiving about 24% of the vote in the state’s Republican primary.

His attorney Nathan Crane responded to a request for comment from Utah News Dispatch on Wednesday, saying Mylar “strongly denies the allegations made against him.”

“Frank did not bribe anyone or attempt to marry anyone. Frank simply wanted support for his campaign. Shortly after sending the text message, Frank contacted the recipient to make sure his original text was not misunderstood. Frank looks forward to defending himself in court. He will plead not guilty to this one count,” Crane said.

On April 19, a few days after the Republican nominating conventions in Davis and Weber counties, Mylar allegedly sent a text message to Republican candidate for Attorney General Trent Christensen.

“Hey Trent. On my last day of negotiations and by the grace of God, my campaign has picked up steam. I won in Weber and was only there for 10 minutes. Davis won overwhelmingly. If you could endorse me before the convention, I would definitely have you in my office. Think about it for a few days,” Mylar said, according to a probable cause statement.

In a May interview with Deseret News, which first reported on the investigation, Mylar said the text was a “mistake.”

“In the morning, just before I went to court, I drafted a text that was kind of a stream of consciousness statement about the campaign, and in that text I asked him to support me before the state convention and I would find a place for him in the office,” Mylar told the Deseret News. “I didn’t know if I actually sent that text because I was going back to court.”

When Mylar realized later that day that he had sent the text message, he told Deseret News that he had withdrawn the offer.

According to the allegations, Christensen did not respond – later that same day, Mylar sent another message saying: “Please ignore this text. I am internal. I did not mean to send it. Sorry to bother you. It is not an offer, etc.”

Prosecutors in the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office said Mylar sent two more text messages that day apologizing and “indicating that he believed Christensen had withdrawn from the race for attorney general at that time.”

Christensen then contacted Murray police and reported that he had “received a bribe offer from another candidate.”

“We thank Mr. Christensen for timely reporting information about this alleged crime to law enforcement. We also thank the Murray Police Department for their thorough investigation,” said Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. “All individuals accused of wrongdoing are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

According to court documents, Mylar was served, but no hearings have been scheduled in the case.


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